It is the intention of the Dietetic Internship at the University of Delaware to develop outstanding future-oriented, entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists for the profession and society. The program emphasizes that this is the beginning of a career involving continuing education, a variety of experiences and professional growth. This program expects to educate the future leaders of our profession.
Goals & the Expected Outcomes*
Goal #1: To provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function as an entry-level dietitian.
- At least 80% of program interns complete program requirements within 12 months (150% of the program length).
- At least 95% of the program graduates will receive a minimum of an overall “satisfactory” rating by employers.
- At least 95% of program graduates will feel that they were at least “adequately prepared” for entry-level practice.
- Ninety (90) percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
- The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration examination within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.
Goal #2: To provide a comprehensive program with a concentration in community nutrition that will prepare graduates to work in all areas of dietetics.
- Of graduates who seek employment, at least 75 percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation.
- At least 95% of graduates will feel that they were at least “adequately prepared” for employment in community nutrition.
Goal #3: To foster a spirit of continuing education and professional growth.
- At least 75% of graduate survey respondents will have participated in at least one learning opportunity within 1 year of program completion.
- At least 75% of employers surveyed will “agree” or “strongly agree” that the graduate seeks new learning opportunities.
Goal #4: To prepare graduates to demonstrate leadership in all areas of dietetics.
- At least 50% of graduate survey respondents will report participating in at least one leadership activity within 1 year of program completion.
- At least 50% of employers surveyed will “agree” or “strongly agree” that the graduate demonstrates leadership.
*Outcomes data available upon request.
The University of Delaware Dietetic Internship program is currently granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 899-5400. http://www.eatrightpro.org/acend
The University of Delaware Dietetic Internship is approved to accept up to 45 interns annually. The program is delivered online for all interns. This program utilizes a variety of technologies in the overall management of the program. Except for the initial one week on-campus orientation program, all instruction, courses, assignments and conferencing is done via the Internet.
Students who live outside the State of Delaware will be required to locate their own preceptors and facilities, subject to approval by the Internship faculty. Interns accepted into the local program DO NOT plan their own schedules. Most local spots are filled during the pre-select round of admissions (open to UD didactic and graduate students only). Upon acceptance into the Internship, all students will be provided with a copy of the internship curriculum to use in completion of the program.
The Internship experience begins with a one week orientation program starting in mid August. Orientation is held in Newark, Delaware on the campus of the University of Delaware. All interns admitted to the Dietetic Internship must attend this orientation program. The purpose of this experience is to help students make the transition between undergraduate education and the professional practice environment. Students will be provided with hotel information for the Orientation program, but are responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodations.
In addition to the supervised practice experience, interns complete the didactic portion of the program on Thursday mornings for one hour and fifteen minutes. This course is offered online and is a mandatory part of the internship. Various faculty and practitioners serve as guest speakers on current topics relevant to the practice of nutrition and dietetics.
For more information on rotation schedules, see the Schedule page.